[plug] Fwd: Re: Linux query
ian.kent at pobox.com
Sun Apr 25 03:34:03 WST 1999
I have sent this to Aaron and I will put together another message from
group members' replies early next week (there's not many).
>Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 09:29:22 -1000
>To: Aaron deRozario <Aderozario at cwa.wa.gov.au>
>From: Ian Kent <ian.kent at pobox.com>
>Subject: Re: Linux query
>I thought I would send a reply to your mail to let you know that I received
>it and tell you what I have done.
>I have forwarded your mail to the PLUG mailing list asking for comments. It
>has been a little quiet so far.
>On the other hand, why not join the mailing list yourself. You will be able
>to ask questions direct to the people that are active members. Some of them
>provide Linux consulting services or work at ISPs.
>I recommend coming along to some of the user group meetings to meet and talk
>with the people that use the list and ask questions about Linux use and
>support in person.
>Information about joining the list and meeting time and location can be
>found at http://plug.linux.org.au/.
>I will offer my own comments on the questions anyway. They are not
>necessarily the opinion of the group but are my own personal observations
>At 01:28 PM 21-04-99 +0800, Aaron deRozario wrote something like:
>>The organisation I work for is currently developing a 3-5 year information
>>technology plan. As part of this plan, we are looking at various software
>>and OS alternatives and Linux is an option we are keen to explore.
>You are wise to consider Linux. It is fast, versatile and fun.
>At a company that I worked for we had a router failure. It was the center
>multiple subnets and there were no spares. We installed three network cards,
>a bare bones Linux and set it up as a router (in about 3.5 hrs). We did not
>have enough experience with IPX routing to get to get it setup and working
>but the TCP/IP routing worked fine.
>A discarded 486/66 and it didn't go above 10% CPU usage. I admit that you
>need a fair bit of experience in Unix to do this type of thing but I believe
>that's why specialists are employed.
>Unfortunately, the effort was frowned upon by management (Linux can't be any
>good because it's a toy for Uni students)?
>>At present, we are seeking information in the following areas:
>>1. The approximate size of the Linux user base in Perth.
>Can't tell since not all of the user base is active in the group.
>Evidence. I recently started a new job. One of my colleagues runs Linux at
>home but is not in the group.
>>2. What types of industries are embracing Linux (we are particularly
>>interested in government use)
>I think that ISPs and education instructions around the world would be the
>biggest users at the moment.
>>3. For what purposes is Linux being deployed (file server, web server
>Web server use is very common. I have installed a Linux server as a
>mail/internet/file/print server at a friends business. He has a few NT 4.0
>>4. What level of professional support is available (telephone and
>You will need to talk to the people (in the group) that provide that
>support. We are currently organizing training courses for various levels of
>>5. How many companies/IT professionals operate in Perth are able to
>>provide full installation and setup services.
>Don't know myself.
>>If possible, could you direct me to someone (or somewhere) where I might be
>>able to find answers to these queries?
>Two people you my like to contact are Leon Brooks (leon at brooks.smileys.net)
>and Chris Cornish (linuxcw at yahoo.com.au).
>>Any assistance you are able to provide will be greatly appreciated.
>I hope that this will help.
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